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Setting Coconuts Straight

SANO Editorial

Considered a fruit, nut and seed, the coconut is one of those foods we just can’t get enough of.  Wherever you are the thoughts of coconuts immediately transports you to a beautiful tropical coastline with sunny beach and crystal blue waters.  In addition to island runaways, coconuts are also the secret weapon for many health and beauty experts.  In this article we are going to highlight the complex role that coconuts play in diet and health.

Health Studies Evolve.   As studies advance, we continue to learn how the guidance from the “experts” has changed regarding fats.  This can be recognized on the stance of nuts, which previously were considered unhealthy due to the high amounts of fats they contain.

Coconut Oil Composition.  Coconuts are largely made up of saturated fats and contain approximately 62% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).  Medium chain fats have a substantive amount of benefits and are metabolized by the body differently from long-chain fats.

MCTs.  Most fats we consume take longer to digest, but MCTs found in coconut oil are the perfect source of energy because they only go through a 3-step process to be turned in fuel, while other fats have a 26-step process!  Unlike long-chain fatty acids found in plant-based oils, MCTs are easier to digest, smaller in size allowing cell permeability, process by the liver meaning they are immediately converted to energy and not stored as fat.

Misconceptions. Many people compare coconut oil to animal fats and that couldn’t be any more inaccurate. Coconut fats and animal fats have very different fatty acid profiles with the one of the main differences being animal fats contain cholesterol while plant-based oils do not. 

Health Benefits and Uses.  Coconut oil has a myriad of health benefits for the body including preventing heart disease and high blood pressure, reduces inflammation and arthritis, cancer prevention, improves memory and brain function, improves digestive properties, enhances energy and endurance, builds muscle and aids in body fat loss, naturally slows aging, various skin conditions, and prevents tooth decay and gum disease.

So, the next time you think about coconuts, Piña coladas and the Caribbean, try to think about your overall well-being and incorporate coconut oil into your lifestyle for its many health benefits

2019 Coachella Essentials

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Coachella 2019 starts today! If you’re preparing for the festival, whether week 1 or week 2, and aren’t sure what to pack--we've got you covered! This survival guide was created to outline all the Coachella essentials you’ll need for the event, the campgrounds, as well as what you should not be packing (there are a lot of confiscations at this event).  

Festival Requirements

  • Official Coachella App: This app is required to activate your wristbands for the festival, and should be activated upon arrival to the campgrounds.
  • Wristband: IDs are unique and should be guarded with your life. It contains a RFID chip that is scanned upon entry into the campground check-in and into the venue.
  • Car Camping Pass: Car camping passes also contain RFID chips that are linked to the original wristbands they were originally ordered with.

Personal Items: Inside Coachella

  • Dress: It will be hot, very hot! You should dress for the heat wearing comfortable, breathing clothes.  Be sure to pack a hat, comfortable shoes, and a bandana for not only the style, but also the high amounts of dust. The evenings can be pretty cool, so pack a light jacket or sweatshirt.
  • Sunglasses: The desert is bright! If you want to have a unique experience, purchase some diffraction glasses, which provide a different perspective of the lights at night.
  • Hydration: It is very important to remember to HYDRATE while in the dessert partying.  We can’t stress this enough and recommend purchasing a Camelbak to aid in water consumption and hydration.
  • Portable Protein: Walking around in the hot sun and partying in the evening can take a toll on your physical health. To get your through the long days, pack some Go Raw bars to snack on along with some SANO portable premium plant-based proteins which can be coveniently mixed in your Camelbak.
  • Ear Plugs: Protect your ears from the sets with loud decibels. You can also use them at night to help sleep, while people party all night long. You may also want to pack ibuprofen in case of headaches.
  • Smartphone Charger and Power Banks: At some point your phone will die, so make sure to purchase a solar-powered bank to capture those Instagram moments.
  • Suntan Lotion and Lip Balm: It’s important to protect from the damaging UV rays that cause our skin to dry out and age.

Personal Items: In the Campgrounds

  • Toiletries: While Coachella’s campgrounds have showers, toiletries are not provided so make sure to bring travel-sized body wash, shampoo, conditioner, towel, deodorant, toilet paper (porta-potty TP is no-good!), and eyedrops for the dust.
  • Personal Care: For the ladies, any makeup and personal female hygiene products,and for the men hair product and travel cologne. It’s always handy to have some travel sized hand sanitizers too.
  • Skin Care: Sunscreen is very important in the desert. Don't forget lotion and moisturizer to rehydrate your skin.
  • Oral hygiene: Goes without being said, but pack a toothbrush, plenty of toothpaste (you’d be surprised how many people will forget this!), floss and any other personal hygiene products.
  • Medication: Any regular medications, allergy medicines, ibuprofen, Vitamin B12 and other daily supplements.

Coachella (non) Essentials

  • Restrictions: glass products, metal/steel water bottles, coolers, drones, selfie-sticks, fireworks, drugs, glow sticks, laser pointers, aerosol cans, pets, umbrellas, video cameras, firearms, and weapons. Fanny packs are permissible!
  • Not Advised: It tends to get very hot and dusty in the desert, so essentially anything that can melt should be left home (stick deodorants, soaps, chocolate edibles, etc).  You should assume your footwear will be very dirty, if not ruined.

That concludes our list of essentials (and non-essentials) for you to bring to Coachella 2019!  We hope you have a blast and please let us know if we missed anything.  


Infrared Saunas to Detox and Energize from the Inside

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In today’s always on-the-go lifestyle, you likely aren’t feeling your #SANOself day in and day out.  How would you feel if we told you about an impactful way to purify your body of the toxins and stress that keep you operating at peak performance?  Infrared saunas are super hot right now—figuratively and literally.  Deep, cellular sweating is key to detoxify and energize your body, and it also provides you a great opportunity to digitally detox and relax too.  In the sections that follow, we inform you of an effective way to detox the impurities that are trapped inside of your body. 

What is Chromotherapy? Chromotherapy is the science of using colors as a therapeutic tool. Chromotherapists claim that sunlight can be used in form of colors to heal the mind, spirit, and lack of energy from body. They believe that colors have an untold story that can help heal our body and spirit. Colors have ability to affect our emotions, perception and can calm down or inspire us. Each of the seven chakras (or energy centres) in the human body is linked to a precise organ or system and can be manipulated by means of a specific color. An unbalanced Chakra causes various health issues in the body.

Infrared vs. Traditional Saunas. Traditional steam and hot rock saunas typically function at extremely high temperatures that are commonly set in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit creating an uncomfortable heat environment for most people.  The invisible part of the sun’s spectrum that provides the heat is infrared light.  Infrared light is responsible for everything living. Full spectrum saunas emit three infrared wavelengths independent of each other: near, mid, and far. Far infrared saunas are the most common on the market and penetrate the human tissue providing for a deep, detoxifying sweat.  At optimal frequencies, the different wavelengths can precisely target specific benefits.

Health Benefits. Sweating is a way of detoxifying impurities from the body, and most humans don’t do it enough.  The regular use of infrared or chromolight therapy saunas can help purify the body from the inside out benefitting mental, physical, and spiritual recovery.  Below are the benefits that the infrared spectrum has on the body:

  • NEAR: cell health/immunity, wound healing, anti-aging
  • MID: improved circulation, weight loss, pain relief
  • FAR: detoxification, lowered blood pressure, relaxation

Pre, During and Post-Sauna. Prior to entering an infrared sauna you will want to take the necessary procedures to prepare your body for the increase in core body temperature. In addition to consuming half your body weight in water throughout the day for peak hydration, you will want to consume at least 12 ounces of water just prior to your session.  The optimal sauna session occurs for a period of 40 minutes with temperatures ranging from 100 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  To get your body accustomed, you may want to begin with 15-20 minute sessions at 100 degrees Fahrenheit every second or third day. You may notice that your body does not immediately sweat during these sessions, which is completely normal.  Regular use of infrared saunas will provide increased sweating removing toxins from your body to feel rejuvenated and refreshed.  After your sauna, you’ll want to consume at least 24 ounces of liquids.  You may choose to re-hydrate with water, beverages that include electrolytes, or nutrient-dense plant-based protein, like SANO.   

Benefits Associated with Color.  Some colors soothe while others excite. Some help focus while others free the mind. Some important chromolight therapy colors and their effects on the human body are summarized below:

  • RED: activates the circulatory and nervous system
  • STRONG PINK: acts as a cleanser, strengthening the veins and arteries
  • PINK: activates and eliminates impurities from the blood stream
  • ORANGE: energizes and eliminates localized fat; helps address asthma and bronchitis
  • STRONG YELLOW: strengthens the body and acts on the internal tissues
  • YELLOW: reactivates and purifies the skin; helps with indigestion and bodily distress
  • GREEN: acts as a nerve relaxant
  • STRONG GREEN: provides anti-infectious, anti-septic and regenerative stimulation
  • STRONG BLUE: lubricates joints and articulations; helps address infections, stress and nervous tension
  • BLUE: stimulates muscle and skin cells, nerve and the circulatory system
  • INDIGO: helps address inflammation, cataracts, glaucoma, ocular fatigue or nose bleeds
  • VIOLET: relaxes the nerves and lymphatic system; addresses inflammations and urinary illness

Now is the time to experience inner-body vitality, muscle and organ relaxation, detoxification, pain relief, improved cell health, better circulation, anti-aging, skin purification, and weight loss a.k.a. the “holy grail” that are provided through the regular use of infrared saunas.   

Benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice that has been used for centuries. This native Southeast Asia medicinal root is a cousin to ginger and is known for its distinctive orange color and full flavor profile.  Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, has proven to provide disease combative potential and preventative health benefits.  Here are some key health reasons you should include curcumin in your healthy diet.    

What is Inflammation? Inflammation is the immune system’s reaction to foreign stimuli.  The immune system expands blood vessels around the effected areas to allow more blood flow to reach the injured tissue sending defense cells to speed the recovery and healing process. The physical signs on this response include internal body heat, swelling and redness. Once the foreign stimulus disappears, the immune system returns to normal and the inflammation symptoms disappear.

When you get a cold, the mucous membranes in the nose react to the foreign stimulus with an inflammation reaction by swelling leading to a stuffy nose that is eventually accompanied by a cold.  This common discomfort similar to the body’s reaction to a cut or ear infection mean the body recognizes this foreign harm-causing bacteria and is reacting to rid itself of the current ailment.

Sometimes the body’s response does not work in unison providing painful debilitating conditions that can last long periods of time. Inflammation is present in all parts of the body, so it’s important to understand how it could impact your life and while turmeric is not meant to treat or cure any of these conditions, it can be used as a supplement to benefit some ailments.

Joint Inflammation. There are several ailments that could be the cause of joint inflammation leading to pain, swelling, tenderness, a warming feeling of the joint, and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is one inflammatory condition that causes similar symptoms like pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.

Studies have been conducted that indicate curcumin could be beneficial to those suffering from joint inflammation because of its ability to support the body’s inflammation response.  Other studies have found that curcumin may also work as a natural painkiller providing reduction of joint pain as well as pain from other causes, like nerve damage.   

Digestive Health.  Inflammation could also be linked to the digestive system with the most common conditions being bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and acid reflux. Digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s are all caused when chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract is present creating serious cause for concerns that need to be addressed.  Unfortunately, such diseases can not be treated with conventional medications without major side effects.

Studies have indicated that individuals with digestive diseases who supplemented curcumin along with and after stopping the standard anti-inflammatory drugs (steroids) were able to reduce or maintain their normal inflammation markers. Further, curcumin has also been linked to reduce inflammatory compounds in the intestines by strengthening the intestinal wall to prevent harmful bacteria from passing through the intestines and reaching other critical organs, such as the kidneys and liver.

Cognitive Health. Inflammation has also been linked to brain health having effects on memory and mood. Studies have linked Alzheimer’s disease—the most common form of neurodegenerative dementia—to severe cases of inflammation. When inflammatory molecules are not properly regulated, neuroinflammation can kickstart Alzheimer’s disease and rapidly progress. While not a treatment for Alzheimer’s, curcumin continues to be studied as a potential treatment that is yielding promising results.  Senior citizens in India—where curcumin is a popular staple—have a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and better cognitive performance.

Turmeric is full of flavor, color and health benefits making curcumin a noteworthy staple that should be added to any healthy diet. In selecting a turmeric supplement make sure that it contains piperine, which is a natural compound found in black pepper that helps to enhance curcumin absorption by the body.  The use of turmeric in combination with a nutrient-dense whole food plant-based diet and active lifestyle will maximize the potential benefits on your health.  

Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting or time-restricted fasting is one of the earliest and most powerful secrets of health. It’s a secret because this powerful tradition has been virtually forgotten by humans.  Today our days include sitting in front of computers eating three square meals a day (plus snacks)—even though the metabolic state of our bodies hasn’t changed. 

But more recently health-inspired people are re-discovering this dietary intervention providing significant benefits including weight loss, increased energy, improvement of brain cognitive functions, promotion of longevity, and even the reversal of type 2 diabetes, to name a few benefits.  In this guide you can learn everything you need to know about intermittent fasting.  

Intermittent Fasting Defined. Intermittent Fasting is an umbrella term that covers various diets that cycle between a set amount of time of fasting and non-fasting periods. There are a number of ways to actually perform intermittent fasting or time-restricted fasting, but the easiest and most common involve taking advantage of your natural overnight fast.  By skipping breakfast and delaying your first meal a number of hours past the 12-hour mark from your meal the prior night, you are entering your body into a “fasted” state causing your body to refuel on its stored body fat. Some of the different intermittent fasting methods include the following:

  • 16/8 Fast: consumer all of your daily calories in an 8-hour window and fast for the remaining 16 hours
  • 5:2 Fast: consume nourishing, balanced foods five days a week and during the remaining two fasting days consumer approximately 500-600 calories per day
  • 24-Hour Fast: restrict all food consumption for 24 hours once or two times per week
  • Warrior Fast: fast throughout the day and consume all of your calories in a 4-hour window in the evening

There are various versions of intermittent fasting, but the general concept is the same: the longer you stay in the fasted state, the more your body will learn to metabolically burn stored body fat and the deeper your fat adaptation will get.

Metabolic States of the Body. The body operates between three main metabolic states: fed, fasting and starvation. During any given day, your metabolism switches between fed and fasting states. The starvation mode occurs during prolonged periods of low energy intake.  The fed state, or absorptive state, occurs after a meal when your body is digesting the food and absorbing the nutrients.  The fasting state, or post-absorptive state, occurs when the food has been digested, absorbed, and stored. When the body is deprived of nourishment for an extended period of time, it goes into starvation, or survival mode.

Fed vs. Fasting. Your body is designed to smoothly transition between the two more common and opposing states: fed and fasting. When the body is in the fed state, insulin levels are elevated signaling your body to store excess calories in your fat cells. When insulin is present in the your body the burning of fat is halted and instead it burns the glucose from your prior meal. When in the fasting state, insulin levels are low and your body starts mobilizing stored body fat from your cells and burning this fat for energy, instead of glucose.  In summary this means, you can only burn stored body fat while in the fasting state and you can only store more body fat while in the fed state.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting. In addition to aiding and boosting weight loss, there are several additional health benefits to time-restricted fasting.

  • Increase endurance and energy
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Normalizes insulin sensitivity
  • Promotes the production of human growth hormone
  • Produces lean muscle mass (when accompanied with exercise)
  • Promotes cellular repair
  • Improves brain cognitive functions
  • Improves mood and focus
  • Slows the aging process thereby increasing longevity

In addition to the various health benefits of time-restricted fasting, there are numerous qualifying advantages relative to other diets. Where some diets complicate life, intermittent fasting simplifies it by saving time, money and

Enhancing Intermittent Fasting Results. During your fasting state, you need to refrain from consuming any foods and beverages that include calories, so stick to water, coffee, teas, and broths. You’ll want to avoid beverages that contain sugar and artificial sweeteners, such as, diet sodas, coconut water and alcohol due to the resulting insulin level spikes and knocking of your body out of its fat-burning mode during intermittent fasting. 

One of the best ways to meet satiety is through knowing what food makes your body feeling full and fueled. Filling foods generally include higher amounts of protein, fiber, and water, and low energy density.  Prepare for your fast by consuming meals that are high in these nutrients and always make sure to drink lots of water. Incorporate fruits, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nut and seeds, beans and legumes, and nourishing whole foods supplements like SANO’s organic plant-based proteins to your intermittent fasting providing for an effective near- and long-term health tool. 

The abstention from eating foods for certain periods of time is quite possibly one of the oldest and most powerful dietary bibles. These biblical principles have evolved into several popular ways to accomplish intermittent fasting and all are accompanied by many health and lifestyle benefits that include dramatic weight loss and the saving of time and money, respective. 

Once you find the intermittent fast that is ideal for you, the key principle to quality health remains the same: don’t consuming empty calories!  Instead, eat a nutrient-dense whole food diet, preferably that is plant-based. 

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t do any type of fasting if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless you have received your doctor’s approval.